Column: The Baronets of the Maritimes

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

TitleColumn: The Baronets of the Maritimes

Snippet: Back before the great wars (1914-1918 and 1939-1945), confederation (1867), the Marco Polo (1851), New Brunswick (1783), the Loyalists (1783), the Hector (1773) and Halifax (1749), the great lands of the Maritimes, Sable Island, part of the state of Maine and part of Quebec were bought by Scottish baronets and given the name New Scotland. This wee bit of baronet history seems to have been forgotten.

While reading a blog written by a Scottish writer who had posted photos of her trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, I saw a plaque with the Nova Scotia shield. It read: Near this spot in 1625 Sir William Alexander of Menstrie, Earl of Stirling, received sasine, or lawful possession of the royal province of Nova Scotia by the ancient and symbolic ceremony of delivery of earth and stone from Castlehill by a representative of the king. Here also (1625-1637) the Scottish Baronets of Nova Scotia received sasine of their distant baronies.

The plague was presented by the province of Nova Scotia. The caption beneath the picture stated: Not sure what this refers to. Perhaps any Canadians reading this might care to venture some ideas.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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